Her worldly losses, especially in the latter part of her life, were many and very great;[1] but she would say,

The world is not my portion and therefore these losses cannot be my ruin.

I have all in God now, and shall have this all restored again, by one means or another; if not to myself, to those that shall survive me, if God sees it good for us.

She was frequently exercised with afflictions, even from her youth. The inclemency of the air[2] where her own estate lay, and many of her pious friends and relations lived,[3] often necessitated her remove to distant places. But whenever exercised with extremity of pain in head or breast (her usual complaints) she always submitted with exemplary patience and silence to the sovereign will of God, justifying him in his severest discipline and often saying she would not for all the world but she had been afflicted.

[1] See, for example, the diary entry for March 12, 1717: ‘In some apprehended danger of losing a great part of what God had liberally bestowed upon us.’ July 13, 1717: ‘I searched my heart and found too great a difficulty in forgiving ungrateful returns for the most sincere and affectionate treatment I was capable of showing to relations.’

August 9, 1718: ‘Providence seems to threaten with the loss of most of our personal estate.’

The residue of the estate of her first husband, Griffith Lloyd, was eventually to pass to his nephew William Lloyd who ‘shall have and enjoy with what else I have of any estate in Hemingford Grey aforesaid to him and his heirs forever after the death of my Beloved wife Elizabeth Lloyd’. If we read correctly, it appears that they could not wait for her to die: the loss of her estate was threatened in 1717 and came to pass in 1718 or 1719.

[2] Generally, cold and damp, bringing on and worsening disease and disorders.

[3] West Cambridgeshire and South Huntingdonshire. Much of the area is at or below sea level and was in the process of being drained. It is a flat inland fen country, cold, damp and windy in winter. Mosquitoes were responsible for spreading the ‘ague’, a debilitating (but seldom fatal) form of malaria.

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